On any day of the week on YouTube, one can watch police dash cam or citizen video of police, acting clearly outside of the law, beating, tasering or shooting innocent people from old ladies in wheelchairs to kids on skateboards.  It is becoming epidemic, as are the cover-ups by their police commanders.

Jesus himself experienced police brutality, prior to and during his trials as well as following his fraudulent “conviction.”  How did he respond?  What can we learn from his actions?

At his arrest, surrounded by temple police and Roman soldiers, Jesus cooperated fully and identified himself.  When a follower attempted to resist, Jesus called for non violence and rendered aid to a wounded police officer.

According to some accounts, at his first trial before the Sanhedrin, Jesus chose to remain silent when charged except to answer a question as to his identity.  At this point, finding no guilt in Jesus but hoping to satisfy the blood lust of the crowd, Pilate ordered him beaten, which the Roman soldiers did with relish.  They put a crown of thorns on his head, covered him with a scarlet robe, spit in his face and hit him with a staff in the head daring him to prophesy as to whom had struck him.  At a third trial before King Herod, the equivalent of a state governor, Jesus chose to remain silent, but was ridiculed and mocked by Herod and his police force, before being returned to Pilate.

Jesus was found innocent at all of his trials, notwithstanding being sentenced to death.  In the greater wisdom he chose not to resist at his arrest and subsequent trials.  Any attempt to explain or justify himself would have only been used against him and inflamed the police more, if that were possible.  The courts were “kangaroo” and the judges “hanging” ones.  Truth and justice were not to be allowed, but the love, kindness and nobility of Jesus in response, has outlived that moment in time and continues to echo down through the ages.

“When they came to the place called the Skull, there they crucified him along with the criminals-one on his right, the other on his left, and Jesus said, ‘Father forgive them, for they know not what they do.’

To be continued….